ADD IT UP Aurora Public Schools hopes a new curriculum — plus a new way of thinking — will equal better math students. Chalkbeat Colorado

RETHINKING DISCIPLINE Corporal punishment, while rare in Colorado schools, should be barred, U.S. Secretary of Education John King says. Chalkbeat Colorado/Chalkbeat Tennessee, AP/Denver Post

BIG GIG Former Denver Public Schools administrator Antwan Wilson has been nominated to lead the high-profile Washington, D.C. school district. Chalkbeat Colorado

CABINET SPECULATION The biggest name to formerly hold that D.C. job, Michelle Rhee, said she is not interested in serving in Donald Trump’s administration.  Chalkbeat

With Rhee out of the education secretary running, speculation is building around conservative Michigan philanthropist Betsy DeVos, a supporter of school vouchers and former chair of the Michigan Republican Party. Chalkbeat

DESTINATION UNKNOWN Eagle County Superintendent Jason Glass writes that the complicated politics of education make it uncertain whether the Democratic takeover of the State Board of Education will be good for educators. Vail Daily

FINDING IDENTITY Whenever Mario Gonzalez meets with a student at Aims Community College as an admissions counselor, he asks them a question: Who are you? Greeley Tribune

A TRAJE DE MARIACHI An advanced mariachi class is integrated into the curriculum at a Pueblo charter school, where the state’s academic standards are in harmony with the traditional Mexican music. KRCC

OFF THE TABLE Douglas County’s divided school board could agree on one thing — killing a voucher program that excluded religious schools. Colorado Independent

DO-OVER The Poudre school bond — prevailing by 123 votes — is headed for a recount. Coloradoan